Punkabilly Bands to Check Out

Psychobilly is rockabilly with another set of influences like punk, ska, surf, or a different attitude. Essentially Punkabilly IS Psychobilly, but more towards the punk spectrum rather than towards the rockabilly/surf, or maybe a Psychobilly band with political lyrics. Punkabilly is a term to describe a Psychobilly band, not necessarily another genre, though some people think that Punkabilly done right, can be considered another genre of it’s own. Can it? Well take a listen to some of the bands on this page and you can decide.

Here in Canada, the big Psychobilly names are The Brains, The Creepshow and the Gutterdemons. Probably the most well-known Punkabilly band overall is The Living End from Australia. Other well-known Punkabilly bands include the Koffin Kats and The Silver Shine.

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I posted on social media asking for suggestions for Punkabilly bands. I made a Pinterest board with the bands that had links that were sent. (Sorry Facebook doesn’t allow Pinterest pins, so if you were linked to a Facebook band page and then that page had no order links you might not be on the board.)

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Some Punkabilly Bands that stood out to me from the ones submitted were:

1. Robin from Japan

2. 1916 from Rochester NY

3. The Graveyard Johnnys

4. The Sewer Rats

5. And Bonkers

As well, even though I have heard The HellFreaks before, their music really stood out to me this time as some good Punkabilly tunes.

Punkabilly band - The Hellfreaks

Punkabilly band – The Hellfreaks

I guess I am just used to that Boogie man video that seems to come up on Youtube whenever you listen to something similar. Here are some other good tunes by them:

Here is a YouTube Playlist of some cool Punkabilly tunes:

Punkabilly Show – Gutter Demons and The House of Haunt

Gutter Demons Psychobilly Poster

Psychobilly show, Gutter Demons and The House of Haunt

It was a cold night for a Psychobilly show in Toronto. Saturday,  February 13th, was one of the coldest days that Toronto has seen in two years. As we sat around the venue waiting for doors to open, I joked with the Gutter Demons that they had brought the cold with them from Montreal.

 Here is where I should also add that I can not really do a show “review” on that night because as you may already know, I play upright bass in the opening band, The House of Haunt.  I guess I could write one on how awesome we are :P, but that wouldn’’t be cool. I also have no idea what it is like to watch our band from an audience perspective. (Also special thanks to our buddies The Filthy Radicals, for opening up the night.)

What I can tell you about though, is the Gutter Demons. The Gutter Demons originally formed in 2001. They released 3 albums and then took a 6 year hiatus reforming in 2014. Their latest album Unfinished Business was recorded by The Brains front-man René De La Muerte at Emery Studio and released on Falsetto Records.

The Gutter Demons are, in my opinion, one of the best psychobilly bands going today. The lead singer Töxik has a grit in his voice like no other.  Matched with the upright bass stylings of Flipper and latest addition to the band R-1 on drums, they are a match made in Punkabilly heaven. As a bass player I admire Flipper’’s technique of adding runs when they are appropriate to the mix and dialing it back when it is needed.  There is something to be said about a band that can play as a cohesive unit, complimenting each other to produce the best overall sound possible. This is definitely what the Gutter Demons have achieved.  Watching them play live gives you the same crisp sound as listening to a CD/recording.

As well, not only are they continuing to produce some of the best tunes that the psychobilly genre has to offer, but they do not carry egos to go along with it. It is always refreshing to met nice, genuine, down to earth musicians in the scene.

Even though it was cold out, Torontonians made it out to the Bovine Sex Club in Toronto to show the Gutter Demons boys that we can support a Canadian psychobilly show. With sweat pouring, and hearts pounding, there was a mosh pit at the front of the stage from the time the Gutter Demons went on, until the time they ended. They played crowd favourites such as House By The Cemetery and Playground Horror Peepshow from their first albums, and some new tunes. Long-time and new fans alike were grateful that the Gutter Demons made the drive down from Montreal. If you are a live music or a psychobilly/punkabilly fan, The Gutter Demons should be on your must see list.

Here are some tracks off the Album their new album, Unfinished Business:

Here are some shots from the night from Pitcher Pourfect:

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